While the first film managed to succeed without straying beyond the boundaries of PG-13, there remains some disappointment among fans that Sony opted against an R-rating for its upcoming sequel Venom: There There Be Carnage, particularly as the film will see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and his symbiote squaring off against one of Marvel’s deadliest villains in Cletus Kasady/Carnage (Woody Harrelson).
Director Andy Serkis recently addressed the debate, stating that Let There Be Carnage pushes its PG-13 rating “to the very limits”, and now star Tom Hardy has also weighed in, revealing that “100%, we considered it” when asked about going down the R-rated route.
“With all of these symbiotes, you know, you consider it. You read the comic books and it is extreme, but that’s not what we’re here to do,” Hardy told Comic Book. “We came here to make a movie which, and correct me if I’m wrong, I mean, there’s a law and a rule into creating a movie that’s accessible to a lot of people, as well as that caters for everybody, including the hardcore fans.”
“So, I hope the hardcore fans at least take home that they look at Carnage and go, ‘Yeah, I recognize Carnage from the comic books. I’m happy with that,'” he continued. “And yeah, no, we didn’t bite everybody’s head off, but we did stick a tongue down someone’s throat… and managed to come in at a level of rating which is reputable so that grandma can come but also I’ll come watch it too.”
We’ll find out whether PG-13 rated carnage is enough to satisfy fans when Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives this coming Friday.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage sees Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) directing returning Venom cast members Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom), Michelle Williams (Anne Weying), Woody Harrelson (Cletus Kasady/Carnage), and Reid Scott (Dr. Dan Lewis), alongside new additions Naomie Harris (No Time To Die) and Stephen Graham (The Irishman).
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set for release on October 1st.